427 Ford, in a Shelby 427 Cobra. Note rocker cover

ford gt race images

427 Ford, in a Shelby 427 Cobra. Note rocker cover
ford gt race
Image by wbaiv
"COBRA Le Mans" is what’s cast-into the cover. It was the Shelby Cobras that gave Ford its first Manufacturer’s championship in sports car racing. The Ford GT program needed more development, and Shelby’s leadership, for the 1966 and 1967 wins. 1968 and 1969 were private efforts by John Wyer, on behalf of Gulf Oil. After which Porsche lured him into the 917 program.

So, Carlyle or Tolstoy? Are the lives of the grea,t and history, actually one in the same? Or are there forces at work in the world that push the mass of individuals to an end, whether they personally wish it or not? If Sheby hadn’t had a bad heart and needed to give up his career as a driver, could Ford have ever won Le Mans? Without his unsuccessful experiments with "Mirage" aerodynamic redesigns of the Ford GT, would Wyer have had the nerve to completely transform the 917?

There’s much to ponder in this collection of stell and aluminum that was once a grocery fetcher…

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ALMS / Laguna Seca
ford gt race
Image by al_green
No.54 Black Swan Racing Doran Ford GT-R on the Corkscrew – ALMS Laguna Seca, Monterey, California, USA. October 2008

Le Mans Classic 2010…night
ford gt race
Image by DoudD
FERRARI 275 GTB

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
1/40 – f5 – ISO 6400

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